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live and in hd, this is abc 7 "news at noon," on your side. >> good afternoon. i am alison starling. we begin with the latest on hurricane earl. things are starting to change by the minute. late this morning gov. bob mcdonnell declared a state of emergency in virginia. a hurricane warning was issued for the entire north carolina coast within the hour. evacuation's are underway there already. the storm has battered beaches in the caribbean already. we will get the latest on the storm track from adam caskey in
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a moment. first, courtney robinson has more on a last-minute preparations up and down the east coast. >> hurricane earl churns up the atlantic, residents in the carolinas are bracing for a whatever this massive storm will bring. >> time for the big one. >> hurricane watches are in place in north carolina and virginia. vacationers began to evacuate the outer banks this morning and others are stocking up. on on long island people are securing supplies to battle begins. on cape cod there taking notes out of the water and lodging for dangerous rip currents in ocean city that it already had lifeguards disease. >> it was scary. i never thought i would be in that position. i was scared. but they got me on it. >> emergency crews worry about this.
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135 mile per marlihour winds. thousands left in the dark in the caribbean. it is not expected to make direct landfall, but will likely send a high wind and the possible storm surge to the u.s. coast. >> we have to be ready to go. >> the national hurricane center downgraded it to a category 3 this morning. this is the first time in two decades that a hurricane threatens such an large portion of the eastern seaboard. courtney robinson reporting. >> thank you. let's get the latest on its strength and its track. adam caskey has new information. >> it is still a category 3 hurricane. the maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour.
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there's a hurricane watch for most of the eastern shores. delaware, maryland, virginia. there's a hurricane warning for eastern north carolina along the outer banks. they anticipate a hurricane like conditions over the eastern north carolina area, out of banks. it is a category 3, maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour of. there is a well-defined eye. notice the orange color. that is dry air being sucked into the center of the system. that is why it wheaton -- weakened. we anticipate it brushing close to the north carolina coast. locally, we can expect a lot of sunshine, mid 90's.
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more on that and the holiday forecast coming up. >> thank you. you can't track it any time by logging on to our website, inside the weather section. on this wednesday, the top two candidates in the mayor's race in d.c. are going head-to- head. adrian fenty and vincent gray are debating this afternoon in northwest d.c. brianne carter joins us from the site of the debate with a new chapter in the campaign that develop this morning with the release of a poll. >> we are in the home stretch of the primary -- of this with the primary two weeks away. they are going head-to-head. a number of supporters from both campaigns behind me. there's a new poll talking about who may be impacting voters. with the primary less than two
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weeks away -- [inaudible] >> the candidates are pulling out all the stops. one resident is basing her votes on one issue. sex education is key. i have three children. -- education is the key. >> 41% of registered voters look at the work of michelle rhee as a reason to reelect adrian fenty. 40% feel that she is one reason he should be gone. >> not a single issue why you should vote for one candidate or the other. >> people either love michelle rhee or hate her. >> a number of voters are looking at the bigger picture, not just one issue.
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could anything influence your decision? >> no. >> there are still some undecided voters. we expect we will get additional insight on the hot-button issues when the two candidates continue their debate this afternoon. brianne carter reporting. >> thank you. there will be new voter cards sent to 7500 residents. the vendor misinterpreted something that resulted in the wrong ward number being printed on some of the cards. the bar code does speed up the process. republican bob ehrlich says his campaign has raised $725,000 in 18 days. the former governor says that his campaign has $2.5 million saved. incumbent democrat martin
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o'malley reported last month his campaign has $6.7 million. in alaska, senator lisa murkowski has become the third senator to lose their party's primary this year. >> i am conceding the race for the republican nomination. >> she conceded to the tea party favourite jo miller of weaker after the primary. she was trailing him by 1700 votes and was not able to close the gap. the future of iraq is now enhance of the iraqis. a ceremony in baghdad today, the u.s. military handed over authority. this marks the beginning of the last chapter of america's military involvement in iraq, president obama. pamela brown as the latest. >> it is the dawn of a new day in iraq. >> we have stood together through difficult times. we fought together, we laughed
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together, and sometimes crowded together. we stood side-by-side and shed blood to get there. greg gen. odierno joined by vice president joe biden and other u.s. officials in a special ceremony to mark the formal end of combat operations. if now the u.s. will play a support role so that iraq will become self-reliant. >> the transitional force will remain in iraq advising and assisting iraqi security forces. >> the price tag, $740 billion for this sort. the total cost is a measurable. 4400 u.s. troops killed, thousands wounded over the course of several years. a sacrifice that will never be forgotten. >> the u.s. has paid a big price to put to the future of iraq in the hands of its people. we have met our responsibilities. >> president obama repeatedly commended troops for their service and sacrifice and reminded americans their fight
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against terrorism and the war in afghanistan is not over. >> because of the drawdown in iraq, we are able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense. >> he says he will focus on the economy and putting people back to work, the mission moving forward. pamela brown reporting. >> today and a new round of mideast peace talks is getting under way. president obama will meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president abbas at the white house today, the first face-to- face meeting scheduled between the two leaders since 2008. dutch officials investigating the suspected terror attacks test run now say there are 99% certain that the two yemeni suspects will be freed without charges. this comes as the fbi is also backing off assertions that the men were involved with criminality. this amateur video shows the man being led off a plane in amsterdam after suspicious items
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were found in their luggage. now the sources say the men were not even traveling together and did not know each other. pepco customers in the district are about to get a refund. it is a one-time refund applied to this month bill. it results from the sale of pepco's power plant in 2000 and 2001. other customers will get a refund of about $8. pepco leaders and customers are getting ready to face off again. maryland public service commission held a hearing on monday night to address the power problems during the summer storms. the turnout was a great. the same is expected at a second hearing tomorrow. residents are urged to show up by 5:30 on the campus of prince george's community college in northern maryland. one week later, a computer glitch is still causing problems for virginia residents needing to get or renew driver's license or id card. the problem is with the server
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in a statewide computer networks. it's not clear when it will be fixed. police will not take any action against drivers whose license expired during august 25 through september 30. enforcement will begin again on october 1. traffic alert for drivers in d.c., the department of transportation is closing portions of the 11th street bridge, the southeast southwest freeway, toole hundred 95, and some local streets, monday through friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 pm. and sundays through thursdays, 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. still n heads, a new way to track your metro train before you get to the station. also, new information about two of d.c.'s most talk about sports stars and their recent injuries.
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later, does your child know how to put together an emergency kit? we will look at the special training course. and adam caskey looking at the track of hurricane earl. that is next.
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>> wanted to know what time to catch the next train pulls pick up the phone. metro is offering up to the minute times by phone. just say next train or next bus and it will tell you when the next one arrives within 20 minutes. call the number on your screen right there.
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beginning today, passengers taking the shuttle between dupont circle and rosslyn metrorail will have changes. the blue metro connection buses will begin running under every- branded name as circulator buses. the fares jumped up to $1. new technologies being used to keep teenagers from gathering at the gallery place metro station. the device is called a mosquito. it is a sound alarm intended to drive away loiterers. it is usually on her by people under 25. property owners installed it after a fight last month. >> i do see a lot of cops running down the escalators. if it works, that would be nice. >> the d.c. council needs to do things so that developers don't
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have to install stupid stuff like this. >> young people say it is discrimination. some older folks say that they are able to hear it as well. d.c. and federal officials are trying to get children involved in national prepared this day. they were at an elementary school in southeast to take off commander ready. a program is designed for kids 13 and under and there were shown how to prepare for disaster. they were given items to keep in their emergency kits. and they got to pet the horse. sounds like hurricane earl is rapidly changing minute by minute. always wobbling around in the ocean. the earth is inning and then the hurricane is inning. it is still a category 3. no major changes expected in the intensity. we are always keeping a close
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eye on the heat path. locally, the effects will be little to none. just a few added clouds. >> it is moving fast. >> it is. it will accelerate once it gets off the delmarva coastline. in terms of the probability of tropical storm force wind gusts in d.c., up to 15%. delmarva, 45% chance. outer banks, 75% chance. if that is a 1-minnick average at 40 miles an hour or greater. this is a view of washington. looks like the past couple days. if the weather pattern has not shifted. 93 in falls church, 90 in hamilton, 91 in stafford. chesapeake beach, 88. 87 in germantown. on the way to the mid 90's.
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hurricane earl is a category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour. the green is the water vapor. the orange and red are the dry air. dry air was getting wrapped into it, still little. that is one reason it got weaker overnight and early this morning. the higher wind cuts the hurricane apart. even with the uncertainty, the center of the storm is off the delmarva coastline. it could thus the outer banks of north carolina, which is fy there's a hurricane warning there. there's pretty good agreement that there should not be a direct landfall anywhere on the u.s. coastline. most computer models keep it well off the shore. just brush in the outer banks. what can we expect? if you are traveling to the beaches on thursday, friday, or
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the weekend, a dangerous storm conditions. the surf will be picked up friday and on the weekend. 50-75 m.p.h. arlen's offshore. the delmarva,, 45 or 50 miles an hour. wave heights of 25 deaths 30 feet at the center of the storm. 15-20 foot waves on the outer banks. sunny and hot today, mid 90's. if tomorrow morning, low 70's. cooler in the outlying areas. a lot of sunshine expected the next couple days, cold front saturday night. it is out of here for the weekend. a lot of sunshine this weekend. cooler temperatures, low 80s with low humidity. >> very nice. thank you. washington nationals mckee a stephen strasburg is getting ready for a trip to california, but not for a game.
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he will have surgery on his injured right elbow friday. afterwards he will spend time recovering at a clinic in san diego, his hometown. if the operation will sideline him for more than a year. meanwhile, good news from redskins park. quarterback donovan mcnabb if it is expected to play in the season opener against dallas. that match-up is a week from sunday at fedex field. he is plagued by soreness in his sprained left ankle, but he is responding to treatment. when we continue, and iphone boss: and now i'll turn it over to the gecko. gecko: ah, thank you, sir. as we all know, geico has been saving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance... well as motorcycle insurance... gecko: oh...sorry, technical difficulties. boss: uh...what about this? gecko: what's this one do?
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virginia gov. bob mcdonnell
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is drawing criticism over his support of a controversial policy. he has applied for federal grant to fund abstinence only education in schools. planned parenthood and other groups are upset because they are urged film to promote programs that would include information about disease and pregnancy prevention as well as abstinence. cyberbullying is a growing problem in schools. a fairfax county woman has created a program to help parents protect their kids. the mobile application breaks down more than 1000 text message codes and 500 slang words. if parents don't often understand the critic text messages teenagers are sending. she decided to do it after her friend's daughter committed suicide. >> she may have been able to do things that would have helped her. >> the terms were compiled by teenagers, police, and health professionals. it is only compatible on apple
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top hollywood stars are getting ready to stand up to cancer. next week celebrities will host a telethon to raise money for research. george clooney, gwyneth paltrow, denzel washington, lance armstrong, to name a few of the famous faces. there will be performances by stevie wonder, martina mcbride,
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neil diamond. it begins at 8:00 on sep 10, next friday night on abc 7. the national zoo is welcoming new arrivals. an african lion has given birth to her first litter. they were born over several hours on tuesday morning, but quickly adapted to life in d.c. the cubs are expected to make their public debut in late fall. >> we always love those cameras. we are setting a new benchmark tomorrow. today is the 58th 90-degree day of the year, putting us in a tight second place in a single year. we should solidify that by friday. it will be cooler on the weekends. even on the beaches, pleasant weather on the weekend. even on the beaches, pleasant weather on the weekend.
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